Saturday 18 March
Introduction to meeting 
Purpose, aims, outputs and setting the scene
Mark O'Connell, conference organiser

Welcome Speeches
          Shirnivas Patil                         Anil Dave, Indian Minister of the
Honorable Governor of Sikkim       Environment, Forest &Climate Change
            Video message)                                (Video message)

WORKSHOP 1: Developing and maintaining taxonomic skills in Asia

Professor Hemant Ghate, keynote speech

Varad Giri, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)
'Taxonomy of geckos and caecilians'

K.A. Subramanian, Zoological Survey of India

Muhammad Janra, Andalas University, West Sumatra, Indonesia
'A potential Stepping Stone for Equalization of Taxonomy

     -  Breakout sub-groups
     -  Plenary discussions
     -  Workshop summary and recommendations

After the workshop (16:00 to 18:00)...

Hands on training for developing taxonomic identification skills
Participants will break into groups and attend a session of interest. They will receive practical demonstration from taxonomy experts with museum specimens:

Conference banquet
Evening meal for delegates

                       Sunday 19 March

WORKSHOP 2: Conservation science - building capacity to really use our species and habitat data for conservation action

Presentation 1
Setting the scene: generic issues, barriers, problems and finding solutions
Mark O’Connell (Director, ERT Conservation)

Presentation 2
Research to underpin conservation action: real-world experiences of the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF), India. 
Archana Godbole (Director, AERF)

Presentation 3
Research to underpin conservation action: the ecology of Elephants. 
Sukumar Raman (Professor, Indian Institute of Science).

Presentation 4
The Conservation use of Faunal Diversity Surveys in Gujarat. 
Jagruti Rathod (Gujarat Ecology Society).

Presentation 5
Professionalising International Conservation to support evidence use. 
Janice Law (Zoological Society of London).

Presentation 6
Developing capacity in the use of molecular techniques for the conservation of threatened small mammals. 
Archana Bahuguna, Zoological Survey of India.

Presentation 7
Building Capacity for Spatial Conservation Planning: Data to Support Regional Priorities. 
Rohan Bhagat, BNHS.

Presentation 8
Building capacity to tackle trade in endangered wildlife species online: how Facebook makes poachers’ lives easier. 
Abdullah Langgeng , LFP Indonesia.

Science capacity workshop
     -  Problems with changing conservation science into conservation action.
     -  What conservation science do we need to develop?
     -  Methods for building required conservation science capacity.
     -  Current initiatives addressing research capacity building.
     -  Future needs/solutions for capacity building to allow conservation
        organisations to use their/others data to underpin conservation action.
     -  Summary and concluding remarks.

Zoos and Zoos Associations: cooperating to build capacity for ex situ Conservation
Brij Kishor Gupta, Central Zoo Authority

The Conservation Leadership Programme
Laura Owens, Fauna & Flora International

Developing capacity in participatory approaches to the conservation and restoration of species and habitats using Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs)
Pankaj N. Joshi,  Sahjeevan

                       Monday 20 March

WORKSHOP 3: Learning from leaders - lessons in achieving organisational goals from Asian conservation leaders

              1                     2                  3                 4               
 1.  Bibhuti Lahkar, Aaranyak
 2.  Wong Siew TeBornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
 3.  Sejal Worah, WWF
 4.  Farid Uddin Ahmed, Arannayk Foundation

WORKSHOP 4: Is it working - how can we evaluate our capacity building efforts?
Chaired by Jamie Copsey (Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust) and Kay Farmer (University of Stirling)
With limited resources for building capacity to meet their conservation aims, organisations need to use capacity building methods where there is evidence of their efficacy and impact, and measure the resultant change in capacity. This workshop will explore the range of approaches and indicators currently used to measure the impact of capacity building initiatives from individual through to organisational change. Three key questions will be tackled:

  1. INDICATORS OF CHANGE: what do we (and should we) measure and how? 
  2. ORGANISATIONAL READINESS: how do we know when the organisation is ready for change and how can we facilitate readiness?
  3. GETTING EXPECTATIONS RIGHT: what are donors looking for and how do we work together to develop a set of guidelines to inform future investments in capacity building for conservation?

Capacity building for Crocodile conservation
RJ Rao, Jiwaji University

Structural and floristic studies of a Critically Endangered Ecosystem
Keshava Chandra K, Alva’s College Moodbidri

Tuesday 21 March

A day of FREE training and experiences of conservation tools for practitioners. See HERE for details of the events available.

Wednesday 22 March
Post-conference Wildlife Site Visit
We have arranged a visit to the stunning and wildlife rich Tamhini Ghat, a mountain passage located between Mulshi and Tamhini in Maharashtra. The cost of the trip will be RS 1000 (Indian Rupee) per person.
PLEASE NOTE: this cost is extra and is not included in the conference registration fee. 
You can pay for the site visit HERE.


Thematic workshops

Free training: Tool Market

Registration & Payment
After conference field trip
Call for abstracts
Venue and maps

A conference organised by

in partnership with
Indian Herpetological Society

Savitribai Phule Pune University


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